Sustainable Development Strategies

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ENVS 671 960
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MES Concentration Course in Environmental Sustainability
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This course has several objectives. The central focus will be on developing a comprehensive understanding of the principles of sustainable development, an idea that was given prominence in the 1987 Report of the United Nations' World Commission in Environment and Development. This report defined sustainable development as:" . . . development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."   Students will review relevant principles of a sustainable development strategies, starting at the personal level, and moving through increasingly comprehensive reviews of strategies for universities, corporations, cities, states, countries, and finally, to the European Union and recent U.N. efforts to make the world more sustainable. We will see that sustainable development rests on three pillars: economic, environmental, and social. Running through the course is the basic question: What changes in our ways of living will be necessary to produce a truly "sustainable" society over the long term? The course will introduce students to the various dimensions of sustainable development.

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